So, I was bored. I figured with the current climate of Western teams looking to stockpile big men in preparation for the playoffs, that JO would surely attract some offers. Dallas seemed like a logical trade destination.
It's not exactly what I would want to do, but I can see this deal happening. The Pacers front office could sell it to fans this way: the Pacers get: 1) A promising young PG (Harris) 2) A perimeter defender (Hassell) 3) A young big man (Bass; basically trying/hoping to find a hidden gem again i.e. Dale-JO) and 4) A solid vet big man (Dampier, returning to the team that drafted him).
This trade potentially creates problems (A PG controversy between Harris and Tinsley, Hassell adding to the logjam at SG/SF, adding Bass buries Ike deeper into the bench, the team would owe over $20 million combined to Murphy and Dampier over the next 4 years). But it allows you some wiggle room to trade other players and not lose a whole lot of depth. Obviously by adding Hassell, one or a combination of Daniels/Dunleavy/Granger/Williams/Rush could then be moved to help bring in other players. By adding Harris, you can move Tinsley and be OK with getting crap back. With Dampier, you can move Foster and get a return that helps the team in the long run.
On paper, this looks like a horrible return for JO. But I think this is the type of return we'd have to expect if we're trading JO.